Our Staff

Meet the Director

Suzanne Getz BatesSuzanne Getz Bates
Suzanne is the director of Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake, a ministry of Westminster Church of Detroit since 1925. After graduating from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio with a BA in psychology she joined the National Teacher Corps and served in Highlands, NC while earning a M.A. Ed in Elementary Education from Western Carolina University. After moving to Bethlehem, PA she developed curriculum, taught elementary school, Sunday School and teacher training classes.

Suzanne served as a program and site consultant at several Presbyterian camps beginning in 1982. She has been on the staff of Westminster Church of Detroit and Director of Camp Westminster since 1995. Serving as president of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Associates (PCCCA) from 1990-1994, she coordinated executive meetings, national conferences and the General Assembly exhibit for camp and conference centers.

She also represented the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) on the National Council of Churches Committee on Outdoor Ministry, as a part of the writing team that develops the interfaith curriculum for camp and conference ministries. Suzanne loves to be with her family, travel, read, weave and be outdoors, especially at Higgins Lake.

Meet the Director of Development

Jim BatesJim Bates
Jim is responsible for making it possible for youngsters of all ages to have a fabulous Camp Westminster experience! His education includes a BA in economics from The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH and a MA Ed from Western Carolina University, NC. After teaching elementary school and directing  Camp Brainerd in Pennsylvania, he felt called to enter the camp ministry full-time. He has served as the director of several Presbyterian camp and conference centers around the nation. When he is not writing a grant or searching for the best deal on a new piece of camp equipment, he enjoys playing the bagpipes, churning ice cream, traveling, reading the sports section and spending time with his family!